(ECNS) -- The Fengyun-3E (FY-3E) satellite was sent into planned orbit by a Long March-4C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu on Monday morning.
This was the 377th flight mission of the Long March rocket series.
FY-3E is the world's first meteorological satellite in early morning orbit for civil service.
It is designed with a lifespan of eight years and equipped with 11 remote sensing payloads.
It will mainly obtain the atmospheric temperature, humidity, and other meteorological parameters for numerical prediction applications, improving China's weather forecast capacity.
It will also monitor the global snow and ice coverage, sea surface temperature, natural disasters, and ecology to better respond to climate change and prevent and mitigate meteorological disasters.
In addition, the satellite will monitor solar and space environments and their effects, as well as ionospheric data to meet the needs of space weather forecasts and supporting services.